Thursday, January 5, 2017

FAPE, OCR, ADHD in Girls, ASD and GI Issues, and More

WRIGHTSLAW reports that the Endrew F case, over the difference between "some" and "meaningful" educational benefits, is to be heard by the Supreme Court on January 11. Endrew's parents pulled him from public school, placed him in a private school, and requested reimbursement from the district. The case is expected to bring, hopefully, some nationwide uniformity to the criteria for FAPE. Read more.

MORE ON CIVIL RIGHTS. Earlier we posted on Education Week's coverage of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights guidance for students with disabilities. CEC's Policy Insider has also reported on the issuance of that guidance, with pointers to the guidance documents. Find the CEC coverage.

ADHD IN GIRLS. Medical News Today has published an article on ADHD in girls, noting that they be undiagnosed because their symptoms can be different. The article covers signs and symptoms, differences from ADHD in boys, and treatment. Find the article.

ASD, GI ISSUES. Many children diagnosed with ASD also have significant gastrointestinal issues. New research suggests that those issues may be related to an increased cortisol reaction to stress. The researchers hope the finding could lead to better treatments, according to a write-up at Science Daily.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE currently features a piece on mindfulness on its website, which says "mindfulness is a meditation practice that begins with paying attention to breathing in order to focus on the here and now — not what might have been or what you’re worried could be. The ultimate goal is to give you enough distance from disturbing thoughts and emotions to be able to observe them without immediately reacting to them." The article covers topics such how to introduce it to your child, among other things. Find it.

ASSISTIVE TECH. The publication District Administrator has published a roundup of education assistive technology, some of which you might not have heard of. How about "blended curriculum [that] is designed for students ages 3 and up who have language delays"? Or a new app from Learning Ally, which helps students who learn through listening? Or WordQ, "a new, simple text-editing app that features word prediction and speech feedback"? Find out more.

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION IN COLLEGE. According to Rhode Island Public Radio, college counseling centers can struggle to keep up with the needs of students because of the increase in the incidence of anxiety, depression, and similar conditions in the student "body." The number of students seeking help is growing much faster than enrollments. If you've got a 2e kiddo in or one the way to college, perhaps check out the article.

GETTING INTO COLLEGE. Another NPR feature has the tabloid-tilted title, "What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think," and it provides a behind-the-scenes look at how admissions committee members evaluate prospective students. But it also provides three good tips for applicants. Find the feature.

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